Website owner: James Miller
Develop the following theme: The only really important kind of knowledge is knowledge of how to live. The only really important knowledge is knowledge of how to be happy and at ease with yourself, with God, and with the people around you. Develop the habit of questioning the value and worth of everything. Look for all the debris and clutter in your values. Find the things that are truly important and give them the attention they deserve. Identify the clutter and put it into its proper perspective. Give it the weight it merits. Dump it. Which subjects in school (outside of the Reading, Writing and Arithmetic of your first few years of school) have really been of great benefit to you? How many have you put to use in the last week? the last year? Get the knowledge obtained in school in its proper perspective. Appreciate its lack of importance. How much knowledge is really of great importance to you except that specific knowledge which you specifically require in order to perform the job or occupation that you have chosen for yourself? And how much of that did you learn in school? As for the rest of the vast stores of the world's knowledge you can well afford to just let the mathematician worry about mathematics, the biologist worry about biology and the lawyer worry about law. The only really practical use of specific knowledge is to help one perform in one's life work. The knowledge that the average, non-professional person needs is little more than the basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. So don't let it bother you if you did poorly in school. You haven't lost that much. It is not all that important anyway. Remember that this modern society is Education Crazy, Knowledge Crazy, Success Crazy, Status Crazy. They have blown these things all out of their true importance and place. Remember also that it is an unhappy, confused and sick society (as proven by the statistics on divorce, alcoholism, drugs, crime, suicide, etc.) Remember that all most people ever remember anyway of the subjects they studied in school is a very vague outline of them (which could probably be put in a very few sentences) if they remember anything at all. Cut down on what you want or expect from life. The happiest man is the one who is happy with very little. Ask yourself what the real essentials are in life. What is really necessary anyway? The secret to happiness is cutting down on wants, desires and expectations. Find the minimum. Decide to be content with that. Realize that the important things are things like happiness and contentment with yourself, happiness in your home, etc.. Question the value of "success". What does success mean to you? Social status? Respect? Position? Education? Fame? Money? A life of luxury? Know that most "successful" people are not happy. They lead lives beset by pressures, demands, problems, confusion, frustration and unhappiness. People pursue "success" automatically because that is what they have been taught to do; they keep pursuing that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but somehow it is a very illusive prize. Somehow it is never what they had dreamed it to be. Somehow it is always a mirage, an illusion. They finally, after years of effort and struggle, get there and find it is not what they thought at all. Why? Because what they are really looking for, although they don't clearly realize it, is happiness. And happiness comes from needing little, not much; from wanting and expecting little, not much. Oct 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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